Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.35%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.35%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Consumer Staples , Healthcare and Telecoms Services sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.35%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Cimic Group Ltd (AX: CIM ), which rose 4.64% or 2.210 points to trade at 49.810 at the close. Independence Group NL (AX: IGO ) added 3.88% or 0.180 points to end at 4.820 and CSR Ltd (AX: CSR ) was up 2.92% or 0.120 points to 4.230 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Greencross Ltd (AX: GXL ), which lost 5.80% or 0.260 points to trade at 4.220 in late trade. Tassal Group Ltd (AX: TGR ) declined 4.84% or 0.210 points to end at 4.130 and Nufarm Ltd (AX: NUF ) shed 4.32% or 0.325 points to 7.195.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 629 to 573 and 383 ended unchanged on the Sydney Stock Exchange.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 3.02% to 12.403.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.03% or 0.40 to $1225.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.29% or 0.20 to hit $68.72 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.68% or 0.50 to trade at $73.94 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.38% to 0.7397, while AUD/JPY fell 0.29% to 82.27.

The US Dollar Index Futures was unchanged 0.00% at 94.39.

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